SXSW: Parlour Tricks

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Parlour Tricks – no stranger to these parts – returned home last week from South by Southwest. While they were there, lead singer extraordinaire Lily Cato was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

Read on to see what she had to say about the change in their band’s name, signing with a new label, and what their upcoming plans are.

And don’t forget to check out their song, “Lovesongs”, off their upcoming album, Broken Hears / Bones!

You officially changed your band’s name a few months ago? What was the reason for that? And has it been difficult to grow/maintain your momentum afterwards?

On the contrary. Things started rolling really smoothly once we made the change. A lot of people, including ourselves, referred to the band as simply “Parlour Tricks”. So we decided to trim the fat.

You recently signed with Bar/None Records – what made them the best choice? (Ps, we can’t wait for the new album).

We liked how they do business. To be an indie label comfortably putting out amazing albums for almost 30 years really says something. We’re pretty psyched to be on their roster.


Having been to SXSW before, do you have a set strategy for how to make the most out of your time in Austin?

To leave plenty of time to find parking…

Are there any other acts in particular that you’re looking forward to seeing?

Too many to count. The best is stumbling on a band you’ve never heard before while stumbling around 6th Street.

What’s next after SXSW? Will you be touring before your album release in June?

Nope, more extensive touring will come after the album is released. Most immediately we’re looking forward to playing with Bright Light Bright Light at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on 3/27.

BONUS: Please bring us back some fried chicken

We’ll do our best.

Thanks Lily!

Fried chicken or not, we can’t wait for the new album! Be sure to pick it up when it’s released on June 22nd.

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